Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter | Mother Earth Brewing

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Old Neighborhood Oatmeal PorterOld Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter
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Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brewing
North Carolina, United States | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by atsprings on 09-09-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
162
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
15.3%
 
 
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11
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Reviews: 60 | Ratings: 162
Photo of kflack
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark, as a porter should, with a 1 inch head that sticks around for a minute. Has a nice aroma and bites the tounge at first sip. Good mouthfeel and seems to be a strong cocoa presents. I would think the ABV to be higher than 5.5 with the slight bite that you find here... A nice offering by Mother Earth but I don't think I will pass up Dark Cloud for this again.

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Photo of atsprings
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a deep not quite opaque black with a thin light tan head that diminishes to a ring and leaves slight lacing on the glass. Aroma is dark malts and a hint of cocoa. The taste is a nice smooth blend of dark malts, molasses and bitter cocoa with a nice lingering malty finish. The beer is fairly light and quite smooth with a slight dryness. This is a very enjoyable porter, I will be picking up a few sixers of this one.

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Photo of Bung
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Muddy brown pour, just a small amount of light tan head.

Aroma is a bit subdued. Some malt, roast, caramel and very light chocolate.

Eathy roasted malt and dry cocoa taste. The bitterness is greater than the sweet tones. A little ashy. Finishes pretty dry with light coffee.

It's a tadder thinner than you'd like, but not overly so. The lighter nature leads to a very drinkable brew though. More than normal carbonation for me. I'd liken this more to an English style.

Gentleman at the store likened this to Founders Porter, which this is definetely not. But, another solid brew from a local organic brewer.

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Photo of Fieldzy27
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%

poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: pours dark brown with chestnut highlights when held to the light, sandy tan head that deflates fairly quickly into big bubbles .Dissipates into a thing layer of foam across the top of the beer in about 3 minutes. Leaves microfoamy bubbles on the sides of the glass. Certainly looks drinkable.

Aroma: Smells of chocolate and roast with a nutty scent mixed in. Little bits of caramel but mostly dark chocolate and coffee. Not roaringly complex but no off aromas.

Taste: Flavor is light, roasted coffee and nuts with dark chocolate on the back end some malty sweetness throughout. Finish is black coffee bitter and dry. Not very sweet for an oatmeal porter , displays its roasty character well. Flavors are clean and well put together but overall a little weak. Good for session consuming for sure.

Mouthfeel: Body is light overall carbonation is a tad higher than I would like though not annoying. Usually a certain amount of oily character comes across with the use of oatmeal which this beer lacks. Not sure if thats a flaw but it is something I usually look for in oatmeal beers. Does aid its drinkability though.

Overall: A good beer with center being on classic portet flavor body and drinkability. Not a world beater but for sure a good option for fall sipping or sessioning.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark but not quite opaque in color. Nice large khaki colored head with good texture, volumn and retention.
Roasted aroma with some faint sweetness.
Rich roasted flavors that are a bit grainy. Hint of sweetness. Cocoa maybe. Very smooth in the mouthfeel. I love the mouthfeel of oatmeal beers. Nice easy drinking session porter.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Comes out of the growler a rich, warm sable that lets daylight in only at the very bottom and has a very thick, fluffy and persistent tan head. Aroma has notes of roast malt, coffee and licorice. Flavor has a malty core and notes of chocolate, coffee and licorice with a dusty hint of oatmeal. Smooth texture does not have very robust body, but fizz level is good. Welcome to the neighborhood!

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Photo of Onenote81
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this one on-tap at City Bev in town. The pour created a massive tan head on top that lingered for most of the session. The frothy cap produced aromas of roasted malt, chocolate powder, and a slightly chicory fade on the finish. Nice toasty nose. The mouth on this one is a bit thin and lacking in carbonation. A little too slick for me, but that could be the fault of the tap, not the beer itself.

The flavors are as good as anticipated. Big roasty notes that aren't charring or unpleasant in any way. Mild chocolate flavors add a touch of sweetness that prevents this beer from becoming too woodsy and burnt. Good balance of flavors going on. There is a slight metallic finish, but it fleets away quickly. This was good, but I'd love to revisit this is in bottle form to see how the mouth is remedied, if at all. Another reminder why ME is one of my fave NC breweries.

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Photo of Beejay
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks ewight!!

A: Very dark in color. A little chestnut brown when it is held to the light. There is a nice tan head on top.

S: Dark malt, with a nice softness from the oatmeal. There is a good bread scent to it, as well as a light chocolate scent.

T: Chocolate with a good bit of sweetness. There is a decent oatmeal flavor and the finish is a little roasty. Pretty nice. There is a bit of a bitter tannin thing in the finish.

M: Medium bodied, the carbonation consists of fairly fine bubbles, and a good amount of them. There is a nice creaminess to it.

D: Nice beer overall. I would definitely drink again.

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Photo of ThirstyBird
3.82/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thank you jwale73 for gifting me this bottle!

Appears a very dark drown with a loose tan head that bubbles down to a mottled skim layer. the aroma is mellow...rich sweet malt, brown sugar, touch of molasses - I think I get a touch of black licorice too. The taste is roasty, some char and bitterness. Underneath this is a rich malt backbone. Definitely some semi sweet dark chocolate in there as well.

The mouthfeel is quite nice. Medium body with active yet smooth carbonation. Pleasant that way. Overall a nice porter a touch on the burnt side.

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Photo of BierSchuler
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Good porter color but a weak head and a minimum of lace.

S: Just interesting enough on the nose to encourage the first sip but it isn't really *special* in any way.

T: Nice flavor that isn't harsh or oppressive.

M: Relatively light feel on the tongue.

D: Pleasant taste and easy-going mouthfeel make this a thoroughly drinkable beer.

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to verecund for this 12 oz bottle.

A: The porter is a deep ruby red, looking black from afar (or at least an arm's length). A thin head, just a meager band atop the beer.

S: Dry toast, roasted malts, chocolate. All take a turn in the scent. Cocoa powder follows the darker aspects, lending a sweeter presence. The aromas are fleeting; they don't linger as long as I'd like.

T: Taste-wise, the ale doesn't skimp. Dark malts, chocolate and burnt toast, drive the flavor. Oatmeal adds smoothness, a lactose-like sweetness that fits well within the confines of the porter. The dark malts and oatmeal build off each other, increasing the flavor with a well-rounded punch. Chicory-like flavors add to the dark body. Chocolate lingers in each sip, a flavor that lasts longer than I expected it to.

M: The porter nicely blends smooth oatmeal and roasted aspects. Darkness is the lingering flavor, leaving a fullness in my mouth.

O: A thin nose transitions into a fuller body, sweet with darker side. Makes me pine for this past summer, where Mother Earth flowed plentifully.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a bowtie glass

Pours a dark chestnut brown with some mahogany highlights around the edges. A nice little brown head rises and falls to reveal a thin collar.

Dry oats, semi-sweet chocolate, and some roast. Pretty straightforward based on the name, but intriguing given the twist on the style.

Clean profile that really follows the nose. Dry, roast bitterness and some semi-sweet chocolate mixes with rolled oats. This is as advertised. Solid on all fronts.

Medium body with a clean, dry finish. A little lingering roast/bitterness.

This is a nice porter, for sure. A tasty little twist on the style that I would welcome in my glass anytime. Nice job Morther Earth.

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Photo of billab914
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Ithaca glass. Pretty close to black in color with a thin, spotty, tan colored lacing scattered across the top of the beer.

The aroma shows some bitter-sweet chocolate mixing with some roasted, slightly burnt malts. the oats add a smooth, creaminess to it and bring everything together nicely.

In the taste I get a little more of the chocolate and oats to it up front. Towards the finish the bitter, roasted malts come out and linger into the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied for the style and pretty creamy. Overall it was a pretty good version of the style. It was smooth, flavorful and an enjoyable beer overall.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The creamy, beige head is short lived and leaves no lacing over a black beer.

Smells of sweet roasted malt and coffee with a milky background and toasted wheat bread.

Tastes of bitter chocolate and lots of malt. Roasted nuts and, yes, oatmeal can be found. The finish is short and modest.

A full body from a Harp nonic with a silky beer that might be creamy if the carbonation were less fizzy. There is no alcohol. There was a sticky residue left behind.

Old Neighborhood was easy drinking with lots of flavor. This is simply a good afternoon beer to enjoy while relaxing.

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Photo of norcar
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle (bottled on 10/10) to a pint glass.

A: Pour a deep dark brown with a nice 1 finger tan head that fades quickly to a solid ring. Good lacing.

S: Nice smells of roasted malts, some chocolate notes and oats.

T: Nice easy balanced taste. Initially I get a sweet cocoa flavor that quickly turns to roasted malts and possibly tobacco. Slight sweet bite in the middle maybe molasses. Nice beer, but I continue to have high hopes for mother earth and they are always close but not quite as complex as I wish. Good craft beer but a little more middle of the road. Still my favorite from them is the IPA but this one I think will continue to grow on me.

M: Very light, thin with a hint of bite.

D: It is a very easy drinking oatmeal porter. I like the smokiness of the beer though wish it was a little more with more thickness in the body. I won't have a problem grabbing this one again if I am in the mood for a porter that won't give me that filling feeling.

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Photo of srandycarter
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Dark brown, close to black. Small tan head leaves fast. Some very spotty cling lace.

S - Coffee, burnt malt.

T - Taste is similar to the smell, but more complex. More sweet malt, a little cocoa, the coffee is less pronounced. Still very similar.

M - A little harsh on the tip of the tongue, fair balance, good carb.

D - One and done for me. Good to try.

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Photo of sommersb
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 12-15-2012
Freshness: Bottled on 09-18-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Nonic pint
Purchased: Single from Brawley's Beverage, Charlotte

A: Creamy tan head atop a dark brown, nearly black beer with ruby highlights. Both head retention and lacing look good.

S: Roasted malts, chocolate and some vanilla make up the aromas.

T: Tastes of dark roasted coffee and brown breads. More bitter than sweet, from the hops and the toasted malt.

M: Medium in body, with a moderate amount of carbonation. I didn't get much in the way of creaminess I was expecting from the oatmeal. The finish is fairly dry with an aftertaste of toasted grains.

O: A good overall porter, although I didn't get the oatmeal body and chocolate sweetness as described by the brewer's description.

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Photo of stakem
3.64/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

August 2013 bottling I picked up at the brewery last year (from their cooler and placed in my fridge till now.) Poured into a tulip appears black in color with a light khaki cap that fades quickly to a thin line of head.

Smells roasty and milk-chocolate like with some earth, coffee and minerals.

Taste is dry and roasty with earth, coffee, light char, bakers cocoa and citrus/mineral edge. Mild dark fruitness like raisony alcohol then back to chocolate flavors.

This is a dry, light bodied brew with ample carbonation. Overall a decent, above average oatmeal stout. Id never guess this bottle was 2 years old.

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Photo of emerge077
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to Wil for this one! Love the nostalgic name.
Bottled: 082313

Creamy smooth from the oats, mellow roast malt aftertaste. A compact layer of stained parchment foam that settles briefly, leaving behind a thin broken skim and spotty lacing. Flavors of carob and unsweetened milk chocolate, dark roast coffee. Slight lingering bitterness. Light toasted bready malt aroma. Flavorful but mellow and sessionable at the same time.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an opaque almost jet black in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and very dark amber and ruby red highlights. The beer has a finger tall dark tan head that quickly reduces to an extremely thin film that covers the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of roasted malts along with some very light notes of chocolate and tobacco. Just a touch of caramel.

T: Similar to the smell, there is a light to moderate amount of roasted malts without any hints of being burnt. There are light amounts of caramel, bittersweet chocolate, and coffee. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which lingers for a short amount of time.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin for the style and very light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: The beer is a decent American Porter from a brewery that has to date impressed me but I really wish it had a more roasted, bordering on burnt malt flavor and aroma. Easy to drink but nothing exceptional.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. Label says Bottled On: 090914

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/4 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small center patch of sheer surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a solid ring behind.

S- Dark roasted malt brings to mind chocolate and coffee. Definitely on the sweeter side.

T- Not as sweet as the aroma with the roastiness providing more of a bitter chocolate quality.

M- Kind of thin, even for a porter. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- Starts off nice but the thinness in the mouthfeel and only slightly above average flavors keep this one in the "Just OK" range.

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Photo of ncaudle
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from tap at brewery into snifter.

very dark brown with small tan head that left a little lacing.

woah, it smells like I stuck my head in a mash-tun! all I smell is malted grains and more malted grains. almost cloyingly sweet smelling. tasting it brings in some other flavors of chocolate and oatmeal but the mashed grains is still almost overpowering.

maybe a touch thin and slightly over-carbonated.

this may be one of those brews that is better from a bottle than tap. unfortunately, I didnt buy a bottle to take home.

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Photo of MacQ32
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours nearly black with a nice finger of thick mocha colored head. Retention is so so, only a thin outer ring remains after two minutes, lacing isn't sticking much at all.

S - rosary malts, Smokeyness and a rich underlying cocoa nib aroma.

T - lots of smokey rosary malts up front with sweet chocolate kicking in a but through the finish. Toasty smoke is the dominant flavor throughout (aftertaste as well).

M - perhaps a bit too much carbonation, not quite as thick and silky as I'd like.

O - not bad at all but Smokeyness and carbonationay be a bit strong. Not really getting any oat flavors

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tumbler.

Pours a nice deep mahogany brown with some light ruby tints, theres a nice deep brown head full of small craters and lots of sticky lacing. Nose is sweet, malty and creamy.

Mouthfeel is sublime, the oatmeal is making this smooth, creamy and velvety. Carbonation is light, perfect for the style. The rich chocolate malts and light caramel flavors work really well - it's simply fantastic! The major flaw I'm finding is a fairly strong iron flavor.

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Photo of CooperEllis
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from beermeX2 12oz into small snifter

nice color, deep brown, some richness to the color, feathering at the edges and in the bulb. No head and minimal lacing

good roast and oatmeal aroma

taste is flat, it's a decent porter; the oatmeal is a welcome addiiton. There is a good amount of oatmeal flavor, but this doesn't seem to be adding much to the body or the overall mouthfeel.

Solid mouthfeel, there is a little bit of aftertaste, malt with a touch of the oatmeal; drinks well. While I would like a bit more of something here, this is an easy drinker.

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Old Neighborhood Oatmeal Porter from Mother Earth Brewing
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